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December 15, 2006
Ahmet Ertegun, 83, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the rock of the Rolling Stones, died yesterday in New York, his spokesman said. Mr. Ertegun remained connected to the music scene until his last days - it was at an Oct. 29 concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where he fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He later slipped into a coma.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
For years, Steve Whiteman considered his old band, Kix, a forgotten relic of the '80s hair-metal scene. Even when the quintet began playing one-off reunion shows about a decade ago, the Hagerstown native viewed the gigs as cashing in on nostalgia. The “stupid money” offered, he said, did not hurt either. It took a trip to the Midwest in 2008 to unexpectedly change the singer's mind. The band was in the small town of Pryor Creek, Okla., for the multiday rock 'n' roll festival Rocklahoma, and Whiteman arrived unsure of what to expect.
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By BROOKE NEVILS | December 7, 2006
Up-and-coming hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, a Jay-Z protege, plays Sonar on Sunday night along with Baltimore reggae band Stryker's Posse. Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on Chicago's West Side, Fiasco gained instant rap credibility with his single "Pop Pop." That led to guest appearances with Tha'Rayne, and a record deal with Atlantic Records, which led to the release of his latest album, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquors. Doors open Sunday at 8 p.m. at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $20, available by calling 410- 327-8333 or going to ticketmaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
One day in 2007, Tim Sommers was fooling around on his keyboard when he came up with a poignant, dramatic chord progression. Sommers and his friend, rapper Jeremy Dussolliet, sat in Sommers' college dorm room and worked through a melody and a few lyrics for the tune: "Can we pretend that airplanes / in the night sky / are like shooting stars? / I could really use a wish right now. " The song, "Airplanes," has since gone on to dominate pop radio this summer, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
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By Tim Warren | August 6, 1993
If some Americans somehow are untouched by "The Bridges" phenomenon, it won't be because Time Warner isn't trying. Speaking about the book/record promotion strategy involving Warner Books and Atlantic Records, co-chairman Doug Morris of the Atlantic Group boasted, "We look forward to breaking new marketing ground in the service of such a terrific and exciting project."Here's the cross-marketing campaign, according to a spokeswoman for Atlantic Records:"The Bridges of Madison County" book and "The Ballads of Madison County" record will be packaged together on a home shopping channel to be determined.
FEATURES
By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 9, 2006
Even by the shameless standards of reality TV, Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown has to be a new low. That's what some readers are sure to think when they hear about the new series starting tonight on BET that chronicles the final two weeks of freedom for the diminutive rap star before she began serving a 366-day prison sentence for lying to a grand jury Sept. 19. They will probably be further troubled by my characterization of the six-part series - based on seeing the first half-hour made available to critics - as a celebration of Lil' Kim that tries to explain away any sense of criminality on her part.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mikel Jollett and Mikel Jollett,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 1, 2005
It is nice when the good guys finally win. For the past four years, the thoughtful, precious and slightly odd cadence of independent rock 'n' roll has been steadily growing on the mainstream. It has not quite been a revolution, the way it was with Nirvana; it is more like a fungus that has slowly taken over the area once reserved for nu-metal and its itinerant goatees, baseball caps and feckless pleas to break stuff. Death Cab for Cutie's Plans marks a turning point in contemporary mainstream rock, as it is the first album of its sort (one made by former college/indie rock heroes)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison | November 13, 2008
Lately, an affected retro soul sound has garnered platinum sales and Grammy Awards for British acts such as Duffy and Amy Winehouse. But Marc Broussard, a boyish-faced Louisiana native, manages to add an emotional depth to his approach, giving his throwback soul an inviting immediacy and a lived-in feel. His voice is warm and rugged, slightly frayed around the edges. It's a sound that belies his 26 years. It's also a sound that has garnered critical kudos, if not big sales. Broussard imbues his soul-pop hybrid with a blues-suffused richness seldom heard in modern pop. Keep Coming Back, his new album and debut for Atlantic Records, sounds as if it could have been recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., circa 1972.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
One day in 2007, Tim Sommers was fooling around on his keyboard when he came up with a poignant, dramatic chord progression. Sommers and his friend, rapper Jeremy Dussolliet, sat in Sommers' college dorm room and worked through a melody and a few lyrics for the tune: "Can we pretend that airplanes / in the night sky / are like shooting stars? / I could really use a wish right now. " The song, "Airplanes," has since gone on to dominate pop radio this summer, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
For years, Steve Whiteman considered his old band, Kix, a forgotten relic of the '80s hair-metal scene. Even when the quintet began playing one-off reunion shows about a decade ago, the Hagerstown native viewed the gigs as cashing in on nostalgia. The “stupid money” offered, he said, did not hurt either. It took a trip to the Midwest in 2008 to unexpectedly change the singer's mind. The band was in the small town of Pryor Creek, Okla., for the multiday rock 'n' roll festival Rocklahoma, and Whiteman arrived unsure of what to expect.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rashod D. Ollison | November 13, 2008
Lately, an affected retro soul sound has garnered platinum sales and Grammy Awards for British acts such as Duffy and Amy Winehouse. But Marc Broussard, a boyish-faced Louisiana native, manages to add an emotional depth to his approach, giving his throwback soul an inviting immediacy and a lived-in feel. His voice is warm and rugged, slightly frayed around the edges. It's a sound that belies his 26 years. It's also a sound that has garnered critical kudos, if not big sales. Broussard imbues his soul-pop hybrid with a blues-suffused richness seldom heard in modern pop. Keep Coming Back, his new album and debut for Atlantic Records, sounds as if it could have been recorded in Muscle Shoals, Ala., circa 1972.
NEWS
December 15, 2006
Ahmet Ertegun, 83, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the rock of the Rolling Stones, died yesterday in New York, his spokesman said. Mr. Ertegun remained connected to the music scene until his last days - it was at an Oct. 29 concert by the Rolling Stones at the Beacon Theatre in New York where he fell, suffered a head injury and was hospitalized. He later slipped into a coma.
ENTERTAINMENT
By BROOKE NEVILS | December 7, 2006
Up-and-coming hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, a Jay-Z protege, plays Sonar on Sunday night along with Baltimore reggae band Stryker's Posse. Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on Chicago's West Side, Fiasco gained instant rap credibility with his single "Pop Pop." That led to guest appearances with Tha'Rayne, and a record deal with Atlantic Records, which led to the release of his latest album, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquors. Doors open Sunday at 8 p.m. at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $20, available by calling 410- 327-8333 or going to ticketmaster.
FEATURES
By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 9, 2006
Even by the shameless standards of reality TV, Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown has to be a new low. That's what some readers are sure to think when they hear about the new series starting tonight on BET that chronicles the final two weeks of freedom for the diminutive rap star before she began serving a 366-day prison sentence for lying to a grand jury Sept. 19. They will probably be further troubled by my characterization of the six-part series - based on seeing the first half-hour made available to critics - as a celebration of Lil' Kim that tries to explain away any sense of criminality on her part.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mikel Jollett and Mikel Jollett,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 1, 2005
It is nice when the good guys finally win. For the past four years, the thoughtful, precious and slightly odd cadence of independent rock 'n' roll has been steadily growing on the mainstream. It has not quite been a revolution, the way it was with Nirvana; it is more like a fungus that has slowly taken over the area once reserved for nu-metal and its itinerant goatees, baseball caps and feckless pleas to break stuff. Death Cab for Cutie's Plans marks a turning point in contemporary mainstream rock, as it is the first album of its sort (one made by former college/indie rock heroes)
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1997
Nicorette, a French-built, 80-foot monohull, recently broke the west-to-east trans-Atlantic sailing speed record set by the schooner Atlantic in 1905.Nicorette, sailed by Swede Ludde Ingvall and a crew of 15, sailed 2,925 miles from Ambrose Light off New York to just south of England's Lizard Lighthouse in 11 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes -- 14 hours, 39 minutes faster than Atlantic.According to navigator Bob Fisher, reporting in Grand Prix Sailor, "under mainsail with one reef and a jib top, speeds of 27 knots were regularly recorded.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1997
Nicorette, a French-built, 80-foot monohull, recently broke the west-to-east trans-Atlantic sailing speed record set by the schooner Atlantic in 1905.Nicorette, sailed by Swede Ludde Ingvall and a crew of 15, sailed 2,925 miles from Ambrose Light off New York to just south of England's Lizard Lighthouse in 11 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes -- 14 hours, 39 minutes faster than Atlantic.According to navigator Bob Fisher, reporting in Grand Prix Sailor, "under mainsail with one reef and a jib top, speeds of 27 knots were regularly recorded.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Producers and artists are quick to mythologize their roles in history.  J. Robbins would rather work.  As the frontman of the '90s post-punk band Jawbox, J. Robbins was a self-described “gung-ho touring maniac.” To the Silver Spring native, signing to the major label Atlantic Records and having the group's video for “Savory” played on MTV were accomplishments, but none were as rewarding as seeing the world. “I just loved to tour because I'd be like, 'Look where the band took me - we made it to the West Coast!
FEATURES
By Tim Warren | August 6, 1993
If some Americans somehow are untouched by "The Bridges" phenomenon, it won't be because Time Warner isn't trying. Speaking about the book/record promotion strategy involving Warner Books and Atlantic Records, co-chairman Doug Morris of the Atlantic Group boasted, "We look forward to breaking new marketing ground in the service of such a terrific and exciting project."Here's the cross-marketing campaign, according to a spokeswoman for Atlantic Records:"The Bridges of Madison County" book and "The Ballads of Madison County" record will be packaged together on a home shopping channel to be determined.
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